The 10 Best Bike Child Seats
Fun and Safety
While it is legal to sell front-mounted seats in the United States, their safety is in question by the powers that be, and they are not certified by general safety standards.
A bike child seat is designed to safely attach to a bicycle while you enjoy a fun day outdoors.
A bike child seat is designed to safely attach to a bicycle while you enjoy a fun day outdoors. You can choose from front, rear, or center mounts depending on the type of bike that you have, and your child's size and age. These seats are created with advanced safety features, and many have a five-point harness just like the average safety-tested car seat. You can find a seat that will allow you to ride with any child from just a few months old to four or five years old.
Some are still debating the safety of the bike child seat and whether or not it can truly protect the child in the event of a crash. In fact, in the United States, the ASTM standard only considers rear-mounting seats for certification. While it is legal to sell front-mounted seats in the United States, their safety is in question by the powers that be, and they are not certified by general safety standards. No matter which type of bicycle child seat you choose, you should always put a bike helmet on your child as these are known to be extremely effective in preventing injuries in the unfortunate event of a crash.
Some argue that these seats get in the way of the rider, but many active parents say differently. Once they find a seat that is perfect for them, they are happy to ride with their child so they can maintain their active lifestyle and still spend quality time together. It is all about finding the right seat for your bicycle type and riding style.
What Do I Need to Know Before I Buy?
There are several things you will need to consider before purchasing your first child bike seat. First, make sure that you check your local and state helmet laws concerning child seats. Depending on where you live, you may be able to purchase any child seat that you want, but it may not be legal to use it.
Some front and center mounting seats are not compatible with all types of bicycles, so you will need to check the guidelines for both your bicycle and the bike child seat.
Next, consider the type of bike you have and whether or not the seat you are considering purchasing is compatible with your bicycle. Some front and center mounting seats are not compatible with all types of bicycles, so you will need to check the guidelines for both your bicycle and the bike child seat. Once you have established what your guidelines are based on your bike type and local laws, it's time to consider what type of seat you will need based on the size and age of your child.
If you are going to purchase a front-mounting seat, your child has to be at least nine months of age (sometimes twelve months depending on the laws). Some parents feel it is safer to use a front or center mounted seat, especially when their child is small. Rear-mounted seats generally have a higher weight limit but can make some riders feel off balance. They also make it more difficult to keep an eye on your child while riding.
Finally, consider your child's comfort. It's best if the seat you choose has some sort of cushioning and shock absorption. Depending on the age of your child, you may want a seat that has full head and neck support in case your child falls asleep while you are riding.
History of the Bicycle
The first verifiable bicycle was invented in Germany in 1817, but the term "bicycle" was not used until the invention made it's way to France in the 1860's. While it cannot be confirmed, some say that the earliest bicycle dates back as far as 1493 to a sketch by a student of Leonardo da Vinci. It is unclear whether or not this rough sketch was turned into a real life machine, and there is even some debate as to the authenticity of the sketch itself.
Between the 1880's and 1890's, the bicycle evolved into the familiar design we know today with pedals connected to a chain that allowed for greater control and comfort.
In 1818, Karl von Drais patented his design of a velocipede, a two-wheeled machine that could be steered and was powered by running along the ground. The seat was a simple wooden plank. Bicycles quickly evolved through the 1800's as the craze swept Europe. In 1870, England produced the "penny-farthing." It was a bicycle with a huge front wheel and a small rear wheel that was powered by pedaling. Unfortunately, it didn't provide a very comfortable ride.
Between the 1880's and 1890's, the bicycle evolved into the familiar design we know today with pedals connected to a chain that allowed for greater control and comfort. Over the years, this design has been further perfected for greater efficiency and maneuverability. The bike seat (also known as the bike saddle) has been around nearly as long as the bicycle itself, but the child bike seat came about much later. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact date they were first invented, but it is clear from pictures that they were being used on a regular basis as early as the 1960's.
Current bicycles come in many shapes, sizes, and types and are compatible with various types of child seats. They are now made for greater power and shock absorption for a comfortable ride and produce the ability to reach high speeds, even with a child seat attached.